Government to aid farmers and ranchers
August 13th, 2012
04:06 PM ET

Government to aid farmers and ranchers

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (CNN) – President Obama mixed business and campaigning on Monday, holding a rally and an official event on the first leg of a three-day bus tour across the Hawkeye State.

After delivering his campaign stump speech here at Bayliss Park, the president and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stopped by a drought-ravaged farm in the Missouri Valley to officially announce a new initiative to aid farmers and ranchers.

Calling the current conditions the worst “in decades,” the president outlined actions his administration has taken to address the crisis, including the approval of emergency loans, opening federal lands for grazing and providing money to help get water to livestock.

The administration’s actions also include a new initiative, announced Monday morning in a statement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to purchase up to $170 million of “pork, lamb, chicken, and catfish for federal food nutrition assistance programs, including food banks.”

While the government couldn't make it rain, the president said that as a major consumer of U.S. meat products, it could assist struggling farmers and ranchers by purchasing the food now and freezing it for future consumption.

Earlier in the day, Obama targeted the newest member of the GOP ticket Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for participating in a Republican congressional roadblock of a Farm Bill that he says is keeping farmers and ranchers from getting additional assistance.

“I am told that Governor Romney's new running mate Paul Ryan might be around Iowa in the next few days,” Obama said, just hours before Ryan was scheduled to appear in Des Moines at the Iowa State Fair. “He's one of those leaders of Congress standing in the way. So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities. We've got to put politics aside when it comes to doing the right thing for rural America and for Iowa.”

The claim appears to be part of a larger effort to place Ryan at the helm of some unpopular congressional proposals, as later in his remarks Obama also labeled Ryan the “ideological leader of the Republicans in Congress.”

The Romney campaign pushed back against the president’s accusations, claiming that Ryan has been a proponent of relief for those affected by the drought.

“Paul Ryan hails from an agriculture state and supported disaster relief, and the truth is no one will work harder to defend farmers and ranchers than the Romney-Ryan ticket,” Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement. “After nearly four years of failure, it’s no wonder that Barack Obama returns to the state that launched his presidential campaign with nothing more than broken promises and false attacks.”

Just two days removed from the announcement of Ryan as presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s running mate, Obama began by praising the young congressman as “a good man” who is “an articulate spokesman for Governor Romney's vision.”

“But the problem is that vision is one that I fundamentally disagree with,” Obama told the largely supportive crowd of 4,300 people.


Topics: 2012 Election

soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. McShannon

    I spent most of my life as a farmer and I know that this drought is as devastating as any flood or hurricane could be. Aid them and do it quickly they are as important as any white collar banker and a lot more grateful.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Really?

      I'm a starving artist and Obama hasn't given me any bailout money.

      August 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
      • LIB

        McShannon, repubs don't know about helping americans. that is why mitt and ryan's only supporters are the undereducated. The ones who listen to Rush Limbaugh spewing hate. Heave help us if Mitt wins. If you will notice all the states with poor people are run by republican governors.

        August 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
      • 2020

        become a farmer!!!

        raise a few chicken, pigs, and a veggie garden. at least you can feed yourself.

        you can lift yourself too

        August 14, 2012 at 12:23 am |
      • John

        Lib,. The hate from your side is overwhelming at this point. I understand why – because BO has done nothing to run on, but the hate is bad for this country. And, btw, ROmney isn't spewing the same hate (as you libs like to say when trying to defend Obama and his cronies for doing this down in the gutter stuff. Obama is a con man who has fooled (and made fools out of) people like you.

        August 14, 2012 at 8:43 am |
      • Caramon

        I thought the only people who would vote Romney/ Ryan were the wealthy. Now it is the undereducated. I guess that means wealthy people are undereducated.

        I believe if you research the facts you will find poverty has increased in every state. Not only states with a Republican governor.

        President Obama is using the same policies as FDR. It didn't work then and it isn't working now. You do not help people by making them dependent on the government.

        August 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Howard

      In California, Obama's democrat buddies destroyed the lives of dozens of farming families, who had been farming the same land for generations ... all to appease the environmentalists ... under the guise of saving a fish (the Delta Smelt). For the upteeth time, Obama flip flops, when it supports his political ambitions ...just more Obama Hypocrisy !!!

      August 14, 2012 at 1:27 am |
  2. BigTBone

    Obama does nothing = He doesn't care about the farmers of the country

    Obama signs off on emergency aid = That socialist is trying to buy votes in the heartland

    I'm thankful he did something. Congress is gone for 5 weeks of vacation and couldn't get anything done before leaving.

    August 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • Jack

      Obama is not telling the truth. Ryan voted for the Republican version of a short-term drought relief package that cleared the House of Representatives earlier this month, only to stall in the Democratic-led Senate.

      August 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
      • geggyg

        Ryan voted against the senates (long term ) plan for the agricuture /rural industries which included drought relief , it had major repub support in the senate to get over th 60 votes to prevent the filibuster. Which is better a long term plan or a short term repub emergency plan .

        August 14, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • LIB

      You people who criticize president Obama are SICKENING!! What is he suppose to do. Yes he is campaigning but he is still president. We should help the farmers. But I see the GOP don't believe in helping anybody. Not vets, not the sick mentally or physically, not those who lost their jobs during the Bush era through no fault of their own. I didn't hear half these complaints when Bush and Cheney spent our tax money on a war of lies, Cheney contracting the war and making money off the deaths of Americans. People just sat back and didn't say a word. President Obama has helped people in this country with the stimulus money. He has helped every american. Mitt and Ryan will not help Ameicans other than to team with Cheney to start another war to make his wealthy friends wealthier. As for your kids future, they won't have on with Mitt.

      August 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
      • Howard

        In 2011 U.S. tax payer farm subsidies totaled over $278 BILLION DOLLARS !!!
        It is extremely unclear just where the TRILLION dollar stimulus went ... mostly squandered.
        Obama and his administration has been caught in numerous lies.
        Barney Frank, and the Democrats were responsible for the housing melt down.
        Mitt Romney gave his entire inheritance to charity, and then built several companies which created tens of thousands of jobs.
        Obama has been on the public dole all his life.
        Since Obama has been President, our economy has tanked, with 5.5 Trillion in additional debt, in just 3/12 years ... 8.3% unemployment ... with small businesses on life support.

        August 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • 2020

      I hear you.

      Your comment best direct to Ryan, he is the poster child of the DO NOTHING congress.

      Ryan will swallow his own poison pills. Farmers remember him and his GOP

      August 14, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • John

      Help needs to be given to the farmers. It appears he is buying more votes, but what can you do??

      August 14, 2012 at 8:45 am |
  3. American People

    Notice how many "Red States" are asking for a government hand out.

    August 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Lizzie

      Noticed so MANY blue cities filing for bankruptcy

      August 14, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  4. California Gary

    Obama showed up in Iowa with real help........Ryan showed up in Iowa with nothing but verbal cow patties. Quite a contrast indeed......

    August 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Steveo

      He IS the president and Ryan cannot say the government is coming to the rescue! I just wanted to make that clear, since you didn't!

      August 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
      • Mike

        Wrong. Ryan along with the rest of house republicans decided to go on the 5 weeks recess vacation without doing anything about the farm bill. Talk is cheap!

        August 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
      • California Gary

        Ryan has in fact been taking part in blocking the passage of the farm bill........just want to make that clear since you didn't.

        August 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
      • Steveo

        Do you happen to know exactly what is in the farm bill that the GOP objects to? Or is anything from the Dems mouths good enough for you?

        August 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
      • LIB

        @ Steveo, what a joke Ryan is. Having people think he is so good with numbers. He only past two bills the whole time in washington. Check out his record.Just like Mitt.when people really get to check him out, he also will be mud. Mitt and Ryan will not win the election.

        August 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
      • John

        Lib, I guess the dems that came out and said Ryan is much smarter when it comes to the budget and budget numbers are stupid and you know better than the people who have worked with him.
        We now have a team in place to help fix the mess Obama caused and will leave. At this point, gas prices are an issue, food shortages are on the way because of the drout, unemployment is over 8% – Obama is in over his head.

        August 14, 2012 at 8:51 am |
      • Steveo

        LIB

        @ Steveo, what a joke Ryan is. Having people think he is so good with numbers. He only past two bills the whole time in washington. Check out his record.Just like Mitt.when people really get to check him out, he also will be mud. Mitt and Ryan will not win the election.
        ----------–
        Well Lib,

        I actually researched Obama's 2 year voting record as a US Senator! Really one year as he missed tons of votes to run during his 2nd year! Research for yourself and then let's talk about jokes!

        August 14, 2012 at 8:56 am |
      • Steveo

        Mike

        Wrong. Ryan along with the rest of house republicans decided to go on the 5 weeks recess vacation without doing anything about the farm bill. Talk is cheap!
        --------–
        WRONG! The house version passed TWO WEEKS ago and is sitting on Harry's desk! Talk maybe cheap but LYING is FREE!

        August 14, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • jsmoulder

      The House pasted the farm bill 12 days ago, the senate is the problem now.

      August 14, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • Lizzie

      Here we go again, saying Ryan is standing in the way, yet he forgot to tell the farmers that Ryan is FOR helping the drought stricken farmers and is on board with the help proposed.

      August 14, 2012 at 11:08 am |
      • Cynthia L

        After trying to pass a bill that guts the FOOD STAMP PROGRAM that Farmers also benefit from. You all a sweating Sticks and Stones because it failed in the Senate because the AMERICAN MAJORITY POLLED doesn't want it to be cut.

        August 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  5. Mike

    The house Republicans have decided to go 5 weeks vacation and do nothing abut the Farm bill. Thank God the president has decided to help us out from this devastated by the worst drought in more than 40 years! A grateful farmer from Indiana!

    August 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Jack

      If you bothered to fact check you would find out that the HOUSE already passed the farm bill which Ryan has no problem supporting. We are now waiting on the Dem Majority SENATE.

      August 14, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • Lizzie

      So your telling us the democrats are still in Washington working, dream on, Reid has to make sure his undocumented workers plant and water his flowers.

      August 14, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  6. Randy

    Here we go the right wing mid west has their hands out to pay for the drought. Let's not give them one thin dime. Let them feel the wrath of these budget cuts they want so bad.

    August 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  7. Ed R

    Why is it that Obama let Congress take off on summer recess without acting on farm relief? However, that has been the consistent pattern with him – fail to exert leadership, blame the deadlocked Congress, issue an executive order, then take credit. Consistently failing to press for action and then bypassing Congress is not leadership. Garnish Obama's wages – he is not earning his salary acting like a wet noodle.

    August 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • California Gary

      He is acting when the congress refuses to........that is leadership. Keep in mind, the GOP decided on day one that they would oppose virtually anything Obama tried to do.........and they have been very good at it. If you are wanting to garnish wages, maybe you could start with the GOP members of congress. Like it or not, Obama is doing things.......congress is not.

      August 13, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
      • Jack

        Obama lies again. Ryan voted for the Republican version of a short-term drought relief package that cleared the House of Representatives earlier this month August 2, only to stall in the Democratic-led Senate.

        August 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
      • kshoe

        Actually, you libs should look to your leader Harry...... The House passed a bill and the Senate passed a bill. Senator Reid could have called a conference committee to reconcile the differences and chose not to take up the issue. He wanted the issue for politics. You libs keep calling out the House for obstruction, but fail to hold your own accountable just as you hold only Bush responsible when the downfall occurred during a Democratic lead CONGRESS. Bi-partisan work in Washington is dead this year, hold both sides accountable unless you are partisan yourself. Exactly when was the last time the Senate took up a budget? That's right, Sen Obama voted "present for it".

        August 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        Your state is bankrupt, how do you feel about that?

        August 14, 2012 at 7:18 am |
      • Lizzie

        No he shows disgust for the constitution by executive order and recess appointment even if the recess is on a weekend, remember he is the one that said, the LITTLE thing called the constitution got in MY way.
        Have you looked at the Calli cities that are filing for bankruptcy, or do you think that a state who just increases taxes to fund their social programs and is in the red that they have to issue vouchers to pay their state employees, and yet they talk BIG.

        August 14, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • TomNPitt

      Eddy,
      Boner said at the very beginning, his Congress would work a very limited schedule. I'm wondering if you can remember when Obama first got into office and he was running all kinds of legislation through Congress – Boner was in tears saying, "We can't be expected to vote on all this all at once". He's either challenged, lazy or resistant to change. Maybe all three! When you have a bunch of slow people who can't handle the workload, then someone else has to jump in the hole with a shovel to start digging the ditch. That's where Obama comes in. He has to do the job because we can't find any white men who will do the job!!

      August 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Cynthia L

      @ Ed --Obama can't tell the Congress not to leave. John Boehner, is the Speaker of the House, the guy who sets the agenda. If John says they can go, which he was happy to do, he deserves to lose his seat.

      August 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
      • LIB

        Cynthia and Gary, repubs are not aware of anything on their own. they listen to rush too much. It always seem that Repubs are not that intelligent but then I suppose that is why Mitt finds them so easy to convince.

        August 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
      • Steveo

        LIB

        Cynthia and Gary, repubs are not aware of anything on their own. they listen to rush too much. It always seem that Repubs are not that intelligent but then I suppose that is why Mitt finds them so easy to convince.

        ---------
        Too funny Lib! As opposed to Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow? Coming from someone who is spoon fed from MSNBC et al, Nice!

        August 14, 2012 at 9:11 am |
      • Cynthia L

        Did you graduate from high school? Do you just listen to ONE news source? I even listen to Fox. You have never listened to someone other than Fox and Friends. Rachel Maddow is a Rhodes Scholar and is an amazingly smart, informed, interesting person who invites Conservatives openly onto her show. Do you wonder why Mitt only gives interviews with FOX? I do.

        August 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
      • Steveo

        Getting a little personal now are you? Glad she is a Rhodes Scholar! I STILL don't listen to her! Interestingly enough, you said NOTHING about Matthews. And for your information I watch CNN and Fox, NOT MSNBC by choice, MY choice!

        August 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • Steveo

        In addition, I get my news from ABC.com as well as MSNBC.com. I won't watch the broadcast but do read it on line! So it seems I DO have more than one news source!

        August 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • 2020

      you should know. Obama is in the executive branch, congress is the legislative branch. Obama cannot boss the congress, even he wish he could.

      you have a mule dragging this wagon, when the mule stubbon, doesn't want to move, what can you do.

      can you check out the constitution, see if any provisions in there to dissolve the congress if their pool number drops below 20. that will solve the country 99% problem.

      August 14, 2012 at 12:38 am |
      • Caramon

        That would be a dictatorship.

        August 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • Cynthia L

        No it wouldn't genius, we'd still have the Senate. AND, the Supreme Court.

        August 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia L

        No it wouldn't genius, we'd still have the Senate. AND, the Supreme Court.
        ---------
        You sure? The Senate i s the upper house of the Congress. So if the Congress goes, the Senate goes!

        "The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States, consisting of the Senate, its upper house, and the House of Representatives, its lower house"

        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Congress

        August 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
      • Caramon

        Thanks Steveo. I wonder how far the number would need to drop before Obama could dissolve the Supreme Court?

        August 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • Steveo

        Caramon

        Thanks Steveo. I wonder how far the number would need to drop before Obama could dissolve the Supreme Court?
        -----------
        Honestly, I don't ever want to find out!

        August 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  8. MaryM

    Ryan has been trying to block the aid to farmers bill

    August 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Steveo

      WRONG! Once again, the HOUSE version passed TWO WEEKS AGO! Reid is sitting on it!

      August 14, 2012 at 9:41 am |
      • Cynthia L

        Gutting the Food Stamp program portion of the bill. Sh*t piece of crap the American majority doesn't want THAT DESERVED TO FAIL. That's why you all are sweating sticks and stones.

        August 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  9. italmn

    Just wait till everyone hears the stuff on Ryan and the Big Oil Corporations.

    August 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • jsmoulder

      Waiting on your facts!!

      August 14, 2012 at 8:37 am |
  10. como1

    That's odd but Senator Debbie Stabenow is on record for blocking the drought aid bill and convinced the White House to go along. HHHHmmmm!

    August 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • Kenny K

      Senator Stabenow is not on the face of presidential ticket; Paul Ryan is. You do not fight with queen in chess game.

      August 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        Stabenow a queen? Are you serious?

        August 14, 2012 at 7:18 am |
  11. como1

    BTW Senator Stabenow is a Democrat.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  12. manhandler1

    The Republicans poison pilled the drought aid by including big cuts to food stamps in their bill. So saying they are trying to protect farmers is totally disingenous. It was a back door try at decimating food aid to hungry people.

    August 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  13. Really?

    Correction: Taxpayers to Aid Farmers and Ranchers. And, of course, the credit will go to Obama, after all, he's gotta kick up the cronyism to scrape up the votes.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  14. It comes down to this

    Obama's Plan = Bigger Government Takeover, More Collectivism (aka Communism)
    Romney/Ryan Plan = Less Government Control.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  15. je032735

    I'm pretty sure all of those midwestern farm states are solidly red. It's funny how those conservatives rip the President and pretty much all Federal Aid programs but as soon as THEY need some money, they are more than willing to stick their hands out.

    August 14, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • Caramon

      I am pretty certain Illinois is a blue state. Ohio and Iowa are neither.

      August 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  16. Kool-Aid Police

    Obama holding an ear of corn is as funny as him holding a wrench. The farmers will get their money, we all know it, Obama just hopes he can get their votes.

    August 14, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • jerry

      he is a phony...to the bone. His election to the office is as insane as Bobby Kenedy's appointment as Attorney General under JFK...a man with a law degree who never tried a case or even had a real job in his life..... the mess on the left

      August 14, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  17. Roger

    The House needs to get off their worthless rear ends and help these people.
    Re-elect Obama and turn the House in 2012. No more obstructions!

    August 14, 2012 at 8:10 am |
  18. jsmoulder

    The house passed a farm bill 12 days ago, the Senate has done nothing. If you want to place blame it is on the Senate democrats that it belongs. Funny how CNN fails to tell the whole story.

    August 14, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  19. Steveo

    California Gary

    Ryan has in fact been taking part in blocking the passage of the farm bill........just want to make that clear since you didn't.
    ---------
    That what you cal a FCAT? Sorry but the FACT is the House version passed TWO WEEKS!

    August 14, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • Steveo

      Sorry! Not FCAT but FACT!

      August 14, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • jerry

      why dont you give the whole story? For example what was attached to the bill....there were some very good reasons for killing this mess....or is it you would rather continue the vote buying extravaganza of the left until there is no country left.

      August 14, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  20. jerry

    last I noticed the administration paid off 50,000 black farmers for some stupid reason...oh wait it was for votes.

    August 14, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • nicko

      You have to be crazy cause most blacks are going to vote for him anyway, You should know this unless you just want to be silly.

      September 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  21. Judy

    republicans keep lying about this stuff. Do they not read the bills or understand.? Are they just stupid or don't they care.? I think they just don't care like mittens and paulie. If you say it long enough stupid people will believe you. The repos complaine about the president but suck up when they need the money like for the farm bill. Jerry and howard are two old farts probably on ss who like to hear them selves talk. Take away the ss and a whole different story. Forward Forward.

    August 14, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      You're right on one thing, Obama repeated his hype over and over and you believed it, I guess that makes you the stupid one.

      August 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • nicko

      Judy i promise they are old,stupid and don't care about people.

      September 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  22. TheLoneStar

    Of course Ryan is a proponent of farm relief. Although he seems to conveniently find excuses for why he will not vote for it.

    R&R = Really Rotten.

    August 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Steveo

      Ryan voted for the HOUSE VERSION (it is common for seperate versions) TWO WEEKS ago. Harry is sitting on it!

      August 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
      • nicko

        Why are you talking about a short term bill that's not going to help us in the long term?

        September 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  23. TheLoneStar

    Why is it when the conservatives want federal help it is perfectly reasonable, but any other time it's a government give away?

    Most of the farmers will do fine. They will produce less thereby demanding a higher price for the crops and livestock. The consumers will ultimately be on the hook as usual. Many of these farmers continue to operate contending with the vagaries of nature. Has anyone heard of irrigation? No, the farmers plant crops relying on the right amount of rain at the right time. When that doesn't work out they expect the government to come to their rescue. Most of them are conservative Christians who believe the world was created 6000 years ago and there is no proof of global warming.

    Mitt, the Twit and Little Paulie Vulture/Voucher 2012!

    August 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  24. Sarabi

    on that issue. To change any newly dfiened presence after that drop dead date of Jan 1, 2012, he had to create a new contract. Despite the forked tongue, politically wishy washy reports that his staff wanted to supposedly against his will?? he did not accomplish that. But, like Aye says thanks for playing. Now go brush up on the simplest precepts of contract law, and try again. We'll be waiting.I would be curious to see graphed what you and your FA crew think the sitting US President does and doesn’t deserve credit for. Apparently, killing terrorists, even OBL, and the duties of the CIC actually reflect upon the previous President’s watch. Actually, I give Obama credit for adhering to the Bush/Iraq SOFA, and not evoking the one year termination provision. He has been promising, since being a newbie Senator, he wanted to bring everyone out ASAP certainly earlier than Jan 2012. Guess not . I also give credit for Awlaki. I'm mixed on the increased predator drones most especially in Pakistan. I certainly agree with that style of warfare, used with discretion. But then there is a balance on how much, and how often the missions, that you can push upon an ally. What this POTUS lacks is any concept of diplomatic balance. Worse yet, he appointed those who are just as inept.My problem with UBL is not that we killed him, but that it encroached into dangerous areas diplomatically by invading an ally's sovereign territory and a nuke armed one at that without their knowledge or tacit permission.I supported the Afghan Surge however was disappointed that he did it half ass, and ignored what his commanders on the ground said that he needed. So only half credit there.As far as the rest of his foreign policy, what credit can I give? He's been on the wrong side at every avenue, and emphasized his ill choices by unwise and unwelcome meddling. Honduras: he attempted to force a Constitutionally ousted President back into office with threatsEgypt, Yemen and Libya he meddled in civil wars, and simultaneously threw out the existing leaders that were providing the US with intel in the war with the global Islamic jihad movements. Even without the intel, the US has no business sticking their noses in to civil wars of another nation.He attempt to tell Israel what they had to forfeit which they've offered up before under Clinton with Arafat. He has overtly backed off Israel support at every opportunity on the international stage.All in all, under O'butthead's foreign policy, allies have learned that cooperation with the US means we will help get them overthrown. And our enemies, like Syria and Iran, have learned that when you remain an overt enemy, O'butthead is happy to leave you alone, and won't interfere while elections are unfair and protestors are slaughtered. We only reserve that force for our friends .Domestically? Can't think of a thing he's done that is worthy of praise. I will give him credit for further damaging the housing market's recovery by trying to re inflate the bubble. I will also give him credit for slowing the natural recovery by poorly placed spending. And I will also give him credit for businesses shuttering their anticipated growth due to increase regulations via O'healthcare, EPA and Dodd-Frank.That credit , unfortunately, ain't going to be pretty on his legacy. But hey, he looks good in a suit even tho empty in all other ways.Reply

    September 8, 2012 at 8:22 am |